VIDEO: Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now. | Max Lugavere | TEDxVeniceBeach

VIDEO: Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now. | Max Lugavere | TEDxVeniceBeach

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Health and science journalist Max Lugavere has always been close with his mom. When she began to show signs of dementia in her early fifties, it shook him to his core. Wasn’t dementia an old person’s disease? And with drug trials having a near 100% failure rate, what was there to do? In 2017, a leading Alzheimer’s organization recognized for the first time that one third of dementia cases may be preventable. And so Max decided to devote himself to figuring out how he and his peers could best avoid the disease.

In this illuminating talk, Max discusses the fascinating diet and lifestyle changes associated with significant risk reduction for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and what that means. For more, pick up his New York Times bestselling book, GENIUS FOODS.

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, author, and TV personality. He is the director of the upcoming film BREAD HEAD, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle, and is publishing his first book in early 2018 documenting his findings on how to optimize focus, productivity, mood, and long-term brain health with food. Lugavere is a regularly-appearing “core expert” on The Dr. Oz Show, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, in the Wall Street Journal, and has contributed as a health journalist to Medscape, Vice/Munchies, the Daily Beast, and others. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has been invited to keynote events such as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm Sweden, and esteemed academic institutions like the New York Academy of Sciences. His newest book, GENIUS FOODS, is a New York Times best seller. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at 

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  • brandli62  On 06/27/2021 at 2:33 pm

    The impact of nutrition in Alzheimer disease progression is highly speculative and there are no clinical trials that would support any such claims at present. Here is my personal take on Alzheimer disease (AD): There is a strong genetic component driving late-onset, i.e. old-age, dementia. About 40% of the patients diagnosed with the disease carry the APOE4 risk factor. They are typically older than 80 years and the disease progresses slowly. If you do not carry the APOE4 gene variant your odds at contracting late-onset AD is significantly reduced. In my family the only person, who was diagnosed with AD turned out to be carrying the APOE4 gene variant.

  • wally n  On 06/27/2021 at 5:38 pm

    My (former) doctor very serious man, great doctor, opened a little when I told him I played table tennis three times a week, fanatic about exercise, he ran five kilometers every day, yes every day. he also mentioned how many people came from countries like Guyana, food supply not contaminated then get caught up in the North American, life style, only to pick up bad eating habits (Mc Donalds…)BTW he is the end of the conversation, I remember clearly, him saying, you know sometimes after all of that your DNA can end up kicking you in the butt.
    Well, a few years ago, my wife and I were in a head on collision (drunk driver) I had to visit my doctor, he asked me about my tennis, I reminded him Table tennis, then he made me do over the complete visit.I found that strange, but my daughter told me there was a rumor that he was suffering early stages of Alzheimer, was true he gave up his practice shortly after, I really miss him, straight shooter.
    One of the most cruel afflictions, visited patients….
    You think people really want to know????

  • wally n  On 06/27/2021 at 5:48 pm

    the site can remove the duplicate…drinking…cooking …..happens

  • brandli62  On 06/28/2021 at 4:01 am

    Wally, sorry to hear that your beloved house doctor suffers from AD. Regarding the question whether one wants to know about genetic predispositions for AD, this cannot be answered in general terms. AD is cannot be cured and there is presently only one drug, Aduhelm, which was recently approved by the FDA as it might slow AD progression. Personally, I am of the opinion knowledge is always useful. For example, I know since about two years the I have a genetic risk for prostate cancer. . Two of my uncles died of prostate cancer at the ages of 72 and 84, respectively. As a consequence, I see a urologist for check-ups annually and I get my PSA levels tested. So far everything is normal, but if the PSA values were to increase, I know that this is serious and I might have to undergo surgery. My brother got tested, too. He was negative and does not have to worry. Taken together, I know that I have an increased risk and my brother does not. We are both happy that we have this information and can organise or life accordingly.

  • wally n  On 06/28/2021 at 10:22 am

    Many years ago our drinking spot was opposite Radio Demerara a small bar, my friend (recently passed) in the midst of all this great loud celebration, came out the washroom, with a weird sad look on his face, said he had to leave.I did not see him for a couple weeks, but he told me the reason he passed one drop of blood when urinating, me, so, he explained as you did, that cancer took many of his male relatives., that is why it was so scary.
    Fast forward, thirty years, he had to rush to Canada, for treatment, then continue in the US, if he had no cash, he would have been long gone.Everything was OK until a short while back, went for an annual here in Canada, and was told it had took over his body, he died a few months after.
    In his case knowledge(and money) did prolong his life, but I am sure it was always in the back of his mind. I take the PSA test, costs thirty bucks, the Government always refused to make it part of the “free” healthcare.
    Doc thanks for all the good information….

  • brandli62  On 06/28/2021 at 11:42 am

    Wally, good to hear that my information was useful to you. Please keep in mind that I am not a medical doctor. I am biochemist/molecular biologist, who has been doing 35 years of biomedical research.

  • wally n  On 06/28/2021 at 1:32 pm

    Doc ya gat believability, very rare especially among professionals, today. Not forgetting the amount of research you put in, well appreciated by us all. Thanks.

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